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Petty Magic: Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker | [Camille DeAngelis]

Petty Magic: Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker

Evelyn Harbinger sees nothing wrong with a one-night stand. At 149 years old, Eve may look like she bakes oatmeal cookies in the afternoon and dozes in her rocking chair in the evening, but once the gray hair and wrinkles are traded for jet-black tresses and porcelain skin, she can still turn heads as the beautiful girl she once was. Can't fault a girl for having a little fun, can you?
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Publisher's Summary

Evelyn Harbinger sees nothing wrong with a one-night stand. At 149 years old, Eve may look like she bakes oatmeal cookies in the afternoon and dozes in her rocking chair in the evening, but once the gray hair and wrinkles are traded for jet-black tresses and porcelain skin, she can still turn heads as the beautiful girl she once was. Can't fault a girl for having a little fun, can you?

This is all fine and well until Eve meets Justin, who reminds her so much of a former lover that one night is no longer enough. Eve's coven has always turned a blind eye to her nighttime mischief, but this time they think she's gone too far-and they certainly don't hesitate to tell her so. Dodging the warnings of family and friends, Eve must also defend her sister, Helena, when another beldame accuses Helena of killing her own husband sixty years before.

As the evidence against Helena begins to pile up, Eve distracts herself by spending more and more nights-and days-romancing Justin as her former self. There are so many peculiar ways in which Justin is like Jonah, her partner behind enemy lines in World War II and the one true love of her life. Experts in espionage, Jonah and Eve advanced the allied cause at great personal sacrifice. Now Eve suspects that her Jonah has returned to her, and despite the disapproval of her coven and the knowledge that love with a mortal man can only end in sorrow, she can't give him up. But can she prove it's really him?

In this captivating tale of adventure and timeless romance, novelist Camille DeAngelis blends World War II heroics with witchcraft and wit, conjuring a fabulously rich world where beldames and mortal men dare to fall in love.

©2010 Camille DeAngelis (P)2013 Camille DeAngelis

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    Gala 07-02-14
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    "Kept me interested and intrigued"
    Would you listen to Petty Magic again? Why?

    I think so. The story covers different eras and it would be interesting to listen for more details now that I know where the story ends and I'm not worried about what will happen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Petty Magic?

    I don't want to say too much and spoil the fun for someone who hasn't listened to it, so I will just say the scene in the cemetery was my favorite. The whole atmosphere was perfectly captured by the narrator's performance.


    What about Kelley Hazen’s performance did you like?

    Everything. I enjoy how she defines the characters so clearly. She also narrates with emotion and depth, and that draws you into the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not one for stories about witches or fantasy, but I enjoyed this story very much. I found it inventive and creative and the narrator truly keeps you engaged. It's not just an empty silly story about witches, it's about family and women and their loves and losses.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Weil Boulder, CO 01-09-14
    Charles Weil Boulder, CO 01-09-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Fabulous well written story, very entertaining"
    Would you listen to Petty Magic again? Why?

    Smart, funny and easy to listen to, I loved Petty Magic on Audible and would absolutely listen to it again or recommend it to anyone who asked.


    What did you like best about this story?

    DeAngelis treats a unique subject in a light-hearted, humorous, yet deeply touching way. Poignant descriptions and well worded prose bring you right there to every moving or funny moment of this book. I was laughing and crying out loud.


    What about Kelley Hazen’s performance did you like?

    Well narrated by Kelley Hanzen - she adds just the right touch of playful, emotional or dastardly underhanded tone when necessary - so entertaining.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I read this on a long road trip and the hours simple flew by!


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    ~Beloved~ Auburn, CA 06-03-14
    ~Beloved~ Auburn, CA 06-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    I read/listen to books in clustered theme groups based on my moods. Lately, I've been into fantasy/witchcraft - adult themed witch stories, not YA. I thought this book because the plot line sounded intriguing.

    If I'm not quite connecting with a book or narrator, I give it a few chapters and about an hour of my time. After 60 minutes, I was finished. There was essentially NO plot for me to grasp on to. I kept hitting the back button thinking I'd zoned out and missed some key sentences that would hook me in... but alas, they could not be found.

    Originally, I purchased this book based on some good reviews off goodreads, but I'm returning it.

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